Help!! Is it common to have blood-related fears more than two years after a traumatic accident that involved major blood loss? On Monday I started a new job that involves processing blood samples. I felt like I couldn't breathe and my anxiety went through the roof! Everytime I handled tubes of blood I felt tears coming to my eyes that I couldn't control and I panicked. I'm scared that I'll have to quit my job! Does anyone have any advice?
BTW the accident involved an abusive ex boyfriend... if that helps at all. It has been two years now and I am still in physical therapy.
Post edited by: becca2010, at: 03/03/2010 02:25 PM
Post edited by: becca2010, at: 03/03/2010 02:26 PM
Your reaction is very normal and is very typical of PTSD. Of course you will have triggers in your life that will bring the memories back. You have one advantage, you know what brings the trigger points on.
There are many people who do not know why a trigger is there because it happened at such a young age.
I know it is a fearful thing and the events of accidents and our past will come back at times of stress.
Talking about it is the first best thing to do. Get it out in the open where you can look at it and take the power or the event away.
I have a link for you to consider to help cope with the anxiety.
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